‘Much Ado About Nothing’

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Article Published: Nov. 3, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 21, 2011

The High Country’s invited to join Lees-McRae College Performing Arts for an evening of Shakespearean comedy, as “Much Ado About Nothing” hits the Hayes Auditorium Stage Nov. 17 to 20.

Directed by Tessa Carr, Shakespeare’s tale of eavesdropping and misinterpretation creates witty mayhem as two pairs of lovers find their way to each other over the course of two fun-filled hours.Beatrice and Benedick have both sworn off marriage, but their meddlesome friends decide to create a match between the two sarcastic and funny leads. The love/hate relationship of Beatrice and Benedick is set against the thunderstruck love of Hero and Claudio. A case of love at first sight, the young Count Claudio is easily manipulated by the villainous Don John into believing that Hero is not the right wife for him. But never fear. By the end of the play, happiness is restored and justice served.

“Shakespeare’s language challenges our students’ to push their interpretive skills, while also enjoying all his wit and playfulness,” Carr said. “We’ve also explored the gender and class dynamics of the Elizabethan era as we work through the relationships between these characters. I am having a great time, laughing with our students as we uncover all the layers within this text.”

Performance dates and times are Nov. 17 to 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. All performances are held in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. Tickets are general admission and sold at the door.

The box office opens one hour before show time. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and children. For information, call the box office at (828) 898-8709.

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